Are you interested in unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)? UC ANR will be partnering with Bowles Farming to present the 2nd annual UAV field meeting at Bowles Farming (11609 Hereford Road) in Los Banos. This meeting is free. Participants will learn about how UAVs can be used in agricultural operations and how to become licensed to fly a drone. There will be free demo flights by CSU Fresno, UC Merced, and Bowles Farming. DPR, CCA, N-management CE units have been applied for. Call 209-385-7403 for more information.
2 grower continuing education units available
CropManage is a free online decision support tool for water and nutrient management of coastal crops. Based on in-depth research and field studies conducted by the University of California, CropManage provides real-time recommendations for efficient irrigation and fertilization applications— while maintaining or improving overall yield.
- Learn how to use CropManage to support irrigation and nutrient management decisions and record-keeping
- Learn about the latest updates to CropManage – also available in Spanish
At this free workshop, we will provide hands-on training so that you can learn to use the newest version of CropManage which has been updated to be more compatible for in-field use by farm staff. CropManage is now available in Spanish.
Crops currently supported by CropManage in Ventura County include strawberry and celery. CropManage also includes raspberry, head, romaine, and leaf lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bell pepper, processing tomato, spinach, baby lettuce, cilantro and mizuna. The software is currently being adapted for tree crops and alfalfa.
Who should participate? Vegetable and berry growers, ranch managers, other farm staff, and technical service providers are welcome. The workshop is for both new and current CropManage users.
What to bring? This is a participatory workshop. Please bring a tablet or laptop computer so that you can follow along and participate in the exercises. Each participant will need a user account for CropManage. Please set up a free user account at cropmanage.ucanr.edu before the workshop.
Registration is free: Please register by May 17 by replying to this email.
Questions: Andre Biscaro at email@example.com or 805-645-1465.
1:00 – 1:30 Registration and computer set-up
1:30 – 3:00 Getting started with CropManage
3:15 – 4:00 Strategies for using CropManage for decision support and record-keeping
4:00 – 4:20 Advanced features and interfacing sensors with CropManage
4:20 – 4:30 Discussion of new features or changes needed
2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) applied for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA)
Schedule of demonstration flights and discussions
9:00am UC Merced Graduate Engineering Team- Ongoing research: Using UAV’s to collect multi-spectral images to help determine best timing of pest control practices: Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.
9:30am CSU Fresno Graduate Engineering Team- Ongoing research: Using UAV’s to collecting weather data from remote sensor stations for use in determining timing of pest control practices. Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.
10:00am Jim McKay, CalTech Ag, Quantix Pilot/Rep- Overview of a currently available, light-weight, simple to fly UAV that collects multi-spectral images to determine vegetative health for use in determining pesticide applications and other inputs. Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.
10:30am Brad Anderson, Yamaha Motors, Unmanned Systems Division Manager -Overview of Yamaha Motors Precision Ag- FAA Part 137 Certification, California DPR Licenses, current pesticide. Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.
11:00am Chuma Ogunwole, Business/Operations Mgr, Pyka Autonomous Aerial Application- Automated Pesticide Spraying using the Pyka Fixed-Wing Autonomous Aircraft. Discussion and display. 30 min.